Other people’s estimates of you

Are theirs.

Not yours.

They are not mandatory for you to internalise

Or agree with

Or even come to terms with.

Some have made up their minds long ago

About who you are

Even though you are still on the way to becoming.

Your past choices are a gift to your present self

And it is not compulsory to accept it

Perpetuate it

Or even resemble it,

No matter how much others attach you to it.

The thought, “What will people say?”

Has never been a good building block for anything really.

Other people’s estimates of you belong to them

And while they may make that data available to you

You have no obligation

To use it.

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